Monday Morning Musings:
What About Dreams?
I’ve written of the river ghosts,
but what about the dreams
that drift, twinkling like stars
beyond reach—as far as
the eagle that soars so high,
blink, and she’s gone–yet seen–
or the shy deer with quivering ears
but some dreams are like herons
still and waiting to pounce,
A heron at Red Bank Battlefield, and two heron photos by Doug at Pittman Golf Club.
remembered with a sigh, a shudder,
or a smile,
some–you want them to stay awhile.
History slogs, then leaps,
slings arrows of love and hate.
We are cool—then hot,
here, then not. But
in a world where bees may think and feel,
and trees whisper deep underground,
why is it strange to believe that stars sing,
or that dreams might come true?
It’s been very hot and humid. We didn’t go anywhere this week, but we did celebrate Shabbos virtually with our children and their spouses.
I had access from Focus Features for a free streaming of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. It’s what I think of as a “comfy” film. You know that there will be some upsets, but somehow it will all work out in the end. It’s sort of a fairy tale. The acting is excellent and the film looks beautiful. The Dior gowns, of course, are gorgeous. I thought later that though the dream to go to Paris to buy a Dior gown is not something I can relate to, most people have dreamt of doing something, so in that way, her seeking the gown is a sort of symbol and the movie a quest. It’s not deep, but it’s charming. A definite feel-good movie.
We also went to our video backlog and watched another play. This one was Pipeline on Live from Lincoln Center. It was excellent—both the play itself and the performance. The poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks is referenced several times in the play. I found this wonderful video about Brooks and the poem by Manual Cinema on the Poetry Foundation site. We’ve seen Manual Cinema performances live twice, and their shows are wonderful.
And if you missed it, there was an amazing discovery at Red Bank Battlefield, the park where I walk nearly every day, that I wrote about here.
I’ve been having some interesting dreams lately, after a long time not being able to remember any…we should never stop believing they might come true!
Thank you, Ingrid. 😊
I’ll admit as cold as it is at my day job, I’m enjoying the heat and humidity when I step outside. Beautiful musings today, Merril. The Light and Shadow at Red Bank Battlefield is stunning! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Jill!
I remember when I worked onsite at ETS for a few summers, and I always had a sweater to put on, and then went outside to eat my lunch. 🙂
love this and your pics Merril!
dreams are rampant for me at the moment!
Thank you so much, Cindy!
I hope you’re dreams are pleasant ones. 💙
You’re so welcome Merril!
They are truly insights I’ll say! 🤷♀️
I particularly like how you use rhyme in today’s musings. Every time I spot a heron, it feels like a moment of grace, so the last photo of Henry the Heron is my favorite out of today’s group. (The composition is really good, too.)
Thank you. Sometimes rhymes insist on slipping in without any reason. 🙂 My husband will be pleased you liked his photo. He doesn’t take many, and he was so pleased he got the reflection!
You’re welcome, Merril. Rhymes sometimes sneaks into my poetry, too. Kudos to your husband for that reflection photo!
Any one of these – star, deer, or heron – could easily stand-in for a dream in just the way you’ve shown. And we never know which will visit us on any night.
That’s a great way of thinking about it, Ken. Thank you!
This was lovely, Merril. Why not? Why shouldn’t the stars sing.
Oh, I saw the ad for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and wanted to put it on my “to watch” list. I had the impression it would be a “comfy” film 🙂 I cannot fathom using that as an excuse to go to Paris but hey, whatever works, right?
Thank you, Dale.
The stars do make sounds, and I will call them songs. 🙂
Yes, Mrs. Harris isn’t on my top film list, but it is a charming, feel good movie, and since I could watch it for free, even better!
And I agree wholeheartedly!
I didn’t think it would be Oscar-worthy but there is nothing wrong with something charming and feel-good 🙂
Loved your pictures, especially the ones with water. And the cat is adorable =)
Thank you so much! 😊
I prefer not to dream as most of my dreams are what I call “angst” dreams … you know, running late for a meeting only to get there and realize I’m naked. But waking dreams are something else. That’s where I guide my mind to a scenario that might not be real but still gives me pleasure. And here, “why is it strange to believe that stars sing,
or that dreams might come true?” Why is it strange, indeed, given all that we’re learning about the natural world?
I will wish you sweet dreams, Marie, and not angst, or as I call them anxiety dreams. I often have lucid dreams.
That’s exactly it–so much we’re just beginning to discover about the natural world.
Thank you, Merril. Sweet dreams would be nice and lucidity would be icing on the top. Lol … I had a “dream” once in which Greg and I were trying to resolve an argument but nothing we said made any sense. (eye roll)
That’s so funny (maybe it wasn’t to you). 🙂
Yes, sometimes when I’m dreaming, I’m thinking this is such a silly dream.
Now those dreams–where I’m aware I’m dreaming–are usually interesting. The one where Greg and I were not making sense was like that which only added to my frustration … lol.
Hahaha. Well, if you’re aware you’re dreaming, then you can sometimes change the dream.
That’s a thought … usually I just try to wake myself up and get out of it 😉
I’ve been building stairs in my dreams lately. Not sure what that’s all about, but at least it isn’t a nightmare. 🙂 Beautiful poetry, as always, Merril. I had not heard about the discoveries at the battlefield (and just went to look at your post). River Ghosts. I bet there are quite a few of them in your area.
Oh those sound like interesting dreams, Robin! Thank you very much, Robin
I imagine there are a lot of river ghosts around–but this finding was apparently quite unusual.
Herons are so magical. (K)
Yes, they are.
Wonderful imagery Merril. Such a beautiful piece.
Thank you so much, Nitin!
Beautiful thoughts expressed with fine rhyming play
Thank you very much, Derrick!
I don’t know how I’ve only just now started reading your poetry but I’m so glad you’re here. The pacing with your photos is perfect… And I love that you worked in the recent science news about the inner life of bees! No real surprise to thinking, feeling people but inspiring to keep writing about and sharing while there’s still time to make a difference.
Thank you so much for your very kind words! Much appreciated!